There seem to be no friends when a hockey team is losing. Perry Pearn worked on Jacques Martin’s coaching staff a total of ten-plus seasons. He was an assistant under Martin for eight years in Ottawa and joined Martin’s staff in Montreal in July of 2009.
Pearn is the victim of the Canadiens goalscoring and special team woes to start the season. In team has scored one goal or fewer in five of their eight games. On a team that likes to focus on special team performance, the Canadiens power play is second last in the NHL at 9.4% and their penalty killing ranks 20th. Many think that the difference has been the absence of Kirk Muller from the picture. Unfortunately Pearn caught the blowback.
He has been offered another position in the organization, should he decide to remain with the team.
The Canadiens coaching staff now includes Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur, both of whom were promoted from the Hamilton Bulldogs during the summer.